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Day 359 - November Gratitude, part 23

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Today is day one of a very short week, but it is still important as we get closer to finals week and the end of the semester.

I've had a number of interactions with some of our students over the past week, and I am continually amazed by their dedication and tenacity in the face of some pretty fierce challenges in their lives.

I have mentioned before that we live in one of the poorest counties in the state. Our students sometimes come from extreme poverty where they didn't know when their next meal might be. They come to college hoping for a chance at a better life. In many cases, they end up studying at the college and then get a job working for the institution that they've grown to love. My Admissions and Records technician Carol was one of those students who got her Associate degree, and then got a job at the college, first part-time, then full-time, and changing her life.

I so admire these young, and not-so-young, people who desire more than anything to make a difference in their own life, and by extension, in their community. I'm so grateful to be around them, and be inspired by them, and hope that I can inspire them by being the best advocate for them that i can be.

Our students are amazing. They may not be your typical college student, but they inspire me every day. I am so grateful to be able to share their journey with them.
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    When I went back to school at age 40, my very favorite part was the interaction with the young people in my classes. I was always the know-it-all Mom type, and I had a great time teasing and laughing with all the kids. I was also impressed with how devoted they were to getting an education.

    Never stop learning!!

    I am delighted that you have so many kids from impoverished backgrounds succeeding. That is our future right there!!

    Spark on.
    1928 days ago
    Steve you are surounded by people that value all the good that life has to offer. I went through hard times and I struggled and did volunteer work for the American Red cross. To be honest I had alot of things going on in my life but I knew that I had this in my life plan at the time. It made me such a better person giving back. It also helped me with interacting with people and getting more office experience. When I completed my resume having all the volunteer hours in really hit a spot on my interviewing supervisor at the time. When we do good to others we recieve back double good things. That happened to me. I got the job on base as the Human Resourses Assistant and my life was so much more comfortable. I was also doing a job that I loved very much. I know this will happen to your students who value all the good they have, especially having you there for them!!
    1928 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    I'm doing my happy dance emoticon ok it only looks like that in my mind. Why the happy dance? I'm visualizing these students as community activists, organizers and advocates emoticon
    1928 days ago
    so glad these students want to give back. They can make more difference with their contribution to their own community than any 'outsider' can, because they have a connection. They KNOW how to connect with their 'home base'. People who have seen them work so hard to get ahead will use that as an inspiration when the road gets rough in their own life.

    "What one man can do, another can do!"
    1928 days ago
    Steve, your blogs often reminds me of quotes, I've read. Here's one I posted before by Booker t. Washington from his book "Up from Slavery"

    “I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”

    He epitomizes the students you speak of - "people who desire make a difference in their lives and by extension. their communities"

    1928 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    You have the knack of finding good in all aspects of life. Congrats on being one who can influence the lives of those who needed it so much. Have a great Tuesday!
    1928 days ago
    I am so glad that you are able to help all these motivated people to get to a better place in their lives!
    1928 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    Evidently my education has had no effect on my typing😉
    1928 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    At Concordia University we were a mixed bag ... Students if all stripes, all ages and mist attended at night. Day students were a different group and more homogenous, but we did it, after work, writing papers at 3 am and getting that cap and gown.
    1928 days ago
    Once again this job proves to be such a perfect fit for you! I am sure that is why you got it, as you project the very essence of what they needed to get from someone in that position! Talk about divine order!
    Hope tomorrow is another good day in your short week!
    1928 days ago
    You are very fortunate to have that. I wish I had that when I was at school. The cost overwhelms me because I have to work full-time to pay for tuition. I do see that in my cashiers, though. I truly feel lucky to work with them.
    1928 days ago
    How fortunate you are Steve to work in an atmosphere surrounded with so much inspiration! What a joy it must be to work with such determined and motivated students. Lucky you! Hugs!
    1928 days ago
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